Opportunities, Casting, and Submissions

SAN DIEGO REPERTORY THEATRE  AUDITIONS
 
If you have already submitted video for the Season EPA, or if you have already submitted your materials for TWELFTH NIGHT, there is no need to re-submit.
 
San Diego REP seeks AEA and non-union actors for its upcoming production of TWELFTH NIGHT, a new musical inspired by Shakespeare's comedy of disguise, community and love, conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub, music & lyrics by Shaina Taub, directed by Sam Woodhouse, music directed by Richard Morrison and choreographed by Javier Velasco.
 
To submit an audition for TWELFTH NIGHT please go here to find sides and sheet music for your taped audition, as well as self-tape and submission instructions: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11dID9oXIHXWtNg9mIpiF1y2H8WorUqxl?usp=sharing.
 
-You will need two devices, one to film on, and one to play your track.
-There is a folder for each character; please select the appropriate character and create a video using the materials provided.
-Please include your height in your slate at the top of your video recording.
 
-VOCALS: In each folder you will find sheet music, tracks to learn your vocal part, and solo accompaniment. Feel free to learn your part however you see fit, and record with the solo accompaniment track.
-VOCALS RECORDING INSTRUCTIONS: Please record your song with both the music and your voice audible in the tape. If you are sitting or standing in the video, please frame yourself torso up so we can see your face. Make sure you are well lit! This might mean bringing a lamp into the room with you.
- SIDES: Please film with a ¾ shot of your body and read your sides with an off-camera reader if possible.
- Finally, if you play any musical instruments at a professional level, and/or if you have special skills that are of a performative nature (e.g., juggling, gymnastics, etc.), do let us know either on your resume or in your submission email.
 
You can choose to send vocals and sides in the same video, or as two separate links. Please send the video as a link to a third-party platform such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox; please do not send your audition video as a file attachment. Please include a headshot and resume in your email as attachments, and use the subject line "TWELFTH NIGHT Submission". Please send in your submission to casting@sdrep.org no later than Saturday, January 22, 2022.
 
TWELFTH NIGHT
A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub
Music & Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Music Directed by Richard Morrison
Choreography by Javier Velasco
 
First Rehearsal: June 30, 2022
First Preview: July 28, 2022
Opening: August 3, 2022
Closing: August 21, 2022
 
Submission Notes:
AEA and non-union actors are encouraged to submit. Housing is available for actors not based in San Diego.
 
Please note: WE INVITE AND WELCOME SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL ACTORS.  San Diego Repertory Theatre is committed to diverse casting.  We encourage actors of all ethnicities, actors who are differently-abled, actors who are neuro-diverse, and actors who identify as LGBTQIA+ to audition. Non-equity roles are also available.
 
COVID-19 SAFETY POLICY: Per guidance from Actors Equity Association, San Diego REP will require all eligible actors to be fully vaccinated to work on this production. For those who are not eligible or whom have a medical or religious exemption: these individuals must adhere to weekly PCR testing and all mitigation measures, including masking, that are advised at the time of rehearsal/production.
 
NO FOLLOW-UP PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS, PLEASE.  Thank you.
 
Story:
This enchanting and soulful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of mistaken identity and self-discovery was named one of the best theatrical productions of 2018 by Time, The Hollywood Reporter and The Washington Post. When Viola is shipwrecked on the unfamiliar shores of Illyria, she assumes the role of her lost twin brother, setting in motion a hilariously complicated tangle of love and longing. Mischief and hijinks ensue. Love, in its many disguises, blooms in every corner. Viola discovers her true love and her true self. The non-stop musical score from critically – acclaimed musician Shaina Taub is radically inclusive – ranging from New Orleans jazz to Motown soul to Broadway show tunes to 80’s pop. "If music be the food of love, play on. Play on!"
 
SEEKING:
VIOLA, 20s, F, mezzo-soprano
a young woman. After being shipwrecked, she disguises herself as a young boy, takes the name of Cesario, and attains a position in Duke Orsino's household because of her wit and charm. As a boy, she is then used as an emissary from the duke to court Lady Olivia. Her twin brother, Sebastian, looks exactly like her.
 
OLIVIA, 20s, F, mezzo-soprano
A countess in Illyria who, at first, plans to mourn her brother's recent death for seven years, but when she meets the emissary from Duke Orsino (Viola disguised as a boy), she immediately falls in love with the youth.
 
ORSINO, 20s, M, bari-tenor
A duke in Illyria. A young man deeply and fashionably in love with Olivia. Her rejection of him leaves him in a deep and just as fashionable melancholy.
 
MALVOLIO, 40s, M, tenor
A servant to Olivia who also has fantasies that Lady Olivia might someday marry him. He is opposed to Sir Toby's drinking bouts, and, thus, he becomes the object of one of Sir Toby's elaborate tricks. Something of a puritan, he abhors disorder and drunkenness: he does not smile.
 
TOBY, 40s, M, baritone/bass
Uncle to Olivia who lives with her and who is given to constant drinking bouts; he delights in playing tricks on others. Crude and funny.
 
MARIA, 40s, F, mezzo-soprano
Olivia’s housekeeper who is clever and arranges a superlative trick to be played on Malvolio.
 
SEBASTIAN, 20s, M, tenor
Male twin to Viola who is mistaken for Cesario when he arrives in town. He meets Olivia and enters immediately into a marriage with her. After the shipwreck, he was rescued by Antonio, and spent three months in his company.
 
FESTE, any age, F, mezzo-soprano
Must play piano and ideally accordion. A female busking musician in the employ of Lady Olivia; he has a marvelous way with words and with making a sentence "get up and walk away."
 
ANDREW, 40s, M, bari-tenor
Friend to Toby. A skinny knight who is encouraged by Sir Toby to continue courting Lady Olivia because as long as he courts Lady Olivia, Sir Toby can gull him out of enough money to continue the nightly drinking bouts.
 
ANTONIO, 20s, M, bari-tenor
Friend to Sebastian. A sea captain, considered a pirate by Illyrians, who aids and protects Sebastian; his pleas for help are ignored by Viola, who in her disguise looks exactly like her twin brother.
 
FABIAN, 50s, M
Groundskeeper to Olivia, has lost that lady’s favor due to Malvolio’s telling her about a bear-baiting Fabian was involved with.
 
ENSEMBLE
Illyrian townsfolk, should ideally include people of all ages. Many featured lines and solos throughout for ensemble members.
 

Development

Position: Director of Major Gifts
Reporting to the Director of External Affairs, the Director of Major Gifts cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of major prospects and donors ($2,500 and above). They support and partner with the Director of External Affairs in the strategizing, planning, and implementation of all mid-level and major giving activities. The Director develops the overall strategy for the REP’s signature donor engagement touchpoints, such as opening nights, donor luncheons, and more. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.


Production

Position: Audio Technician
Audio Technician is an hourly position paid bi-weekly.  Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner. The Audio Technician will report directly to the Audio Visual Supervisor.  As the Audio Technician will also be working closely with Designers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

Position: Props Supervisor
The primary responsibility of the Properties Manager/Artisan is to execute properties designs and set dressings for the REP production(s) they are contracted for. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. As the Properties Manager/Artisan will also be working closely with Directors, Designers and Stage Managers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. The Properties Manager/Artisan reports directly to the Production Manager who will retain final approval on departmental priorities. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.
 
Position: Stage Manager - In Every Generation
The AEA Stage Manager manages the rehearsal and performance process within the rules set by. This position is a member of the production team dedicated to making the production run smoothly and efficiently within the resources provided.Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.
 
Position: Part-time/temporary positions for the 30th Annual Kuumba Festival
San Diego Repertory Theatre is looking for fully vaccinated and enthusiastic teammates to fill a multitude of positions for the 30th Annual Kuumba Festival!
 
Positions Part-time/Temporary:
  • Event Stage Managers
  • Deck Crew
  • Audio Engineer

The Dates:
February 21st – February 27th
 
The Event:
San Diego has a rich and vibrant African American culture.  In order to survive and prosper, the Black community has always used its creativity for motivation, collective work, encouraging responsibility and self-empowerment.  Artistic exposure plays a vital role in the African American communities’ journey for expression, healing and self-determination.  San Diego Urban Warriors Inc. and the African American Advisory Council of the San Diego Repertory Theatre have utilized arts for over 28 years with ongoing edu-tainment, programs in behavior guidance, health education and cultural enrichment which incorporates prevention, intervention and ongoing creative support. Each year, the City of San Diego is invited to embrace and celebrate San Diego’s diverse and provocative Black heritage and culture at the Kuumba Festival which is celebrated the last week of February.  Kuumba Festival celebrates the positive lifestyle changes made over the year, provides cultural resources in the African Market Place, positive powerful healing images and spiritual celebrations for the entire family.
 
Events Include a Night Of Positive Images which honors members of the community, Poetry Slam, Step and Dance Competition, New Plays, and so much more! Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.


Position: Production Fellow
The Production Fellowship program is designed to give early career theatre technicians broad based experience in a variety of technical disciplines working with theatre professionals. Production Fellow is a seasonal hourly non-exempt at-will position. Each Production Fellow will be primarily assigned to one particular production department and will, at times, work in the other production departments. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. The Production Fellow will report to the Production Manager and the theatre’s other technical department heads. As the Production Fellow will also be working closely with Directors, Designers and Performers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

Position: Props Supervisor
The primary responsibility of the Properties Manager/Artisan is to execute properties designs and set dressings for the REP production(s) they are contracted for. Success in the job will be defined by the ability to execute the job in a timely and efficient manner within budget constraints. As the Properties Manager/Artisan will also be working closely with Directors, Designers and Stage Managers, success in the position will also be defined by the quality of the relationships developed there. The Properties Manager/Artisan reports directly to the Production Manager who will retain final approval on departmental priorities. Interested candidates should click here to view the full job description and application instructions.

San Diego Repertory Theatre Internships offer professional experience opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the calendar and academic year, as well as emerging theater artists with an interest in exploring the day-to-day operations of a theatre. Interns will work alongside SD Rep staff members and receive mentorship in their respective discipline, with the goal of providing artists professional development.
Internships may fulfill academic requirements, to be determined by the respective applicant’s academic institution if applicable. Currently, internships are unpaid learning opportunities. 
Applications are accepted year-round. There are both full-year, flexible, and summer internship time slots available.
To apply please submit: a cover letter noting the internship area you are applying for as well as detailing your specific interests, qualifications, and availability; your resume; and one letter of recommendation to dward@sdrep.org.
Responsibilities vary by department and may include a variety of administrative tasks as noted by the below sampling. Internship positions are available in the following areas:

  • Artistic Producing/Casting (organize submissions, attend auditions, assist on daily details)
  • Community Engagement (research community connections, set up events, build social media touchpoints)
  • Jewish Arts Festival/The Whole Megillah New Play Festival (read/evaluate submissions, coordinate out-of-town artists, manage volunteers, aid with social media marketing)
  • Latinx New Play Festival (read/evaluate submissions, coordinate out-of-town artists, manage volunteers, aid with social media marketing)
  • Literary Management/Dramaturgy (read/evaluate scripts, seek new scripts, research plays and items about plays)
  • Marketing (help plan email blasts, social media, draft press releases)
  • Production Assistance (work on all production needs including administrative work, props, scenic, lights, audio/visual work and backstage run crew)

Testimonials from former interns:

“The internship in the Literary Department was one of the most valuable experiences I had during my work on my M.A. in Theatre Arts at San Diego State University. I had opportunities to research and develop audience engagement materials for current productions at the REP and make real contributions toward the development of the REP’s upcoming seasons. The whole team at this top San Diego theatre were fantastic. I was treated like an equal collaborator, a real member of the artistic team.” – Joel Castellaw (former intern)

“At any one time, the REP has several young interns working in their Development, Marketing, Production, and Artistic departments. When I approached the REP for an internship, they designed a cross-departmental experience that would be most fulfilling for me. This personalized touch indicated a care and hospitality at the REP's core. It has been my pleasure and good fortune to work here—a fantastic introduction to professional theatre.” – Kayla Cohen (former intern)
 

Important.  Please read:

San Diego REPertory Theatre is happy to accept scripts from agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing relationship. In general, we no longer accept unsolicited scripts from unrepresented writers. However, we continue to offer an open submission policy for plays and musicals from Latino(a) writers across the country because we are committed to supporting today’s Latino(a) voices. In addition, local writers residing in the Southern California area may submit a query letter about their new work that includes a current email contact and:

  • A brief biography of your writing history, noting awards and production history
  • A paragraph about why your play is a good match for the San Diego REP
  • A one-page synopsis of the play including number of cast, genre & run-time
  • For musicals, please also include a CD with sample songs from the score
     

Our six-show season can include full-length plays, musicals with a small cast and band, solo pieces, and adaptations performed on one of two stages (250-500 seats) for about 4 weeks. Past programming has highlighted voices of the Latino, African-Americans, and Jewish communities. Before submitting, please make sure that your script is aligned with our mission. It is also advised that you attend some of our productions to become more familiar with our sensibility.

If we are interested, we will contact you to request a copy of the full script within a few months.

Send to:
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Literary Department
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Questions?If you have questions about casting or would like to receive information about future auditions, please provide us with your email address at casting@sdrep.org.